Operating a Child Care Business

Operating a licensed child care centre or licensed home-based child care agency

Know the requirement and regulations
The Ministry of Education licenses and monitors early learning and child care in Ontario. To apply for and maintain a license, you must follow the requirements and regulations under the Child Care and Early Years Act. If you plan to build or renovate a child care centre, you will need to follow the Ministry's planning and design guidelines.
Funding and service contracts
The City of Brantford administers Child Care Fee Subsidy and Operating Grants for licensed child care centres. For more information, please contact the Children's Services and Early Years program department.
Information for Operators

Wage enhancement grant

The City of Brantford administers Wage Enhancement funding on behalf of the Ministry of Education.

This funding supports wages for child care professionals working in licensed child care settings.

The Wage Enhancement/Home Child Care Enhancement Grants (HCCEG)funding is available for:

  • Program staff working in licensed child care programs
  • Home visitors and providers working with a licensed home child care agency

How to apply

Operators should review the 2022 Guidelines: Wage Enhancement/Home Child Care Enhancement Grants (HCCEG). In order to be eligible for funding, operators must complete the wage enhancement funding application available from Child Care Admin or call us.

Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care

Increase in RECE Wages

Ontario has entered into a Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care agreement that will increase RECE wages to the annual wage floor of $18.00 / hr for RECE and $20.00/ hr for RECE Supervisors and RECE Home Visitors retroactively to April 1, 2022 and by an additional $1.00 / hr each year until 2026 or until the RECE reaches $25.00 /hr.

Hourly Wage Floor 2022 to 2026


Apr 2022

Jan 2023

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RECE Child Care Supervisors /

RECE Home Child Care Visitors






Licensed child care providers can choose to participate in the CWELCC, which will result in the wage increase.   The wage increase applies to all RECEs working for a CWLECC agency, regardless of the age group being served.  If a licensed child care provider does not participate, employed RECEs will not receive the fee increase. Camps and Authorized Recreation programs are not eligible to participate in this program.

What this means for RECEs
RECEs do not have to apply for this wage increase

RECEs will be automatically eligible if

  • they work for a licensed child care , and
  • their child care participates in the Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care System, and
  • their wage rate is lower than the annual wage floor

The amount of the increase depends on the RECE’s current wage.

It will require some time for child cares to enroll in the CWELCC system.  The wage increase will be retroactive to April 1, 2022.

Employers will be in touch with RECEs as to whether they enter an agreement with the CWELCC and when the retroactive wage increase can be expected if they have enrolled in the program.